This is the final installment of a four-part series about D.C. State Board of Education (SBOE) races. The winners will advocate and organize policy on behalf of students, teachers, and parents in Wards 2,7 and 8,and throughout the entire city. In this article, three of the four candidates are vying for the Ward 2 SBOE seat currently held by Jack Jacobson, weigh in on the recent change in leadership at School Without Walls and School Without Walls at Francis Stevens, in addition to other issues of concern.
Allister Chang: A Lion for Literacy
This candidate, who grew up in the D.C. metropolitan area watching his father struggle with illiteracy, has spent much of his career tackling issues similarly affecting those living in marginalized communities throughout the world. He told The Informer that, in the midst of fear and uncertainty, it’s critical to communicate relevant and reliable information to all education stakeholders.
If elected to the Ward 2 SBOE seat, Allister Chang said, he will strengthen partnerships between schools and entities like the Washington Literacy Center to expand literacy opportunities across the city. He also expressed a desire to strengthen communication between various stakeholders in the local education space, especially in
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